Anthony Olivetti

2014 Fantasy Players To Avoid: QB and RB

Created on Apr. 08, 2014 9:44 AM EST

It may seem odd to lump quarterbacks and running backs together, but in a lot of ways it makes sense. Running backs have long been the cornerstone of championship fantasy teams, while quarterbacks, whether we like it or not, are the next most important position in the fantasy landscape. Of late, specifically the last two seasons, we've heard a lot about the QB position being so deep that it's become undervalued. In reality, it's been quite different.

Every season too many signal callers injure themselves and miss time (Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, etc.), while some are drafted high only to not play the majority of the season (Michael Vick). There are plenty of capable quarterbacks in August, but come midseason, teams are plagued by uncertainty from week to week . The reason: it's much more difficult for NFL teams to plug in a backup that will succeed. When it comes to running backs, wide receivers, and even tight ends, there are more players waiting in the wings ready to step up. With quarterbacks, not so much.

We didn't come here to discuss the depth of a specific position, did we? No, we're here to look more closely at some players to avoid. Not because of injury, but because they aren't set up for success, or in some cases because they're just not that good. Those are just two of a million reasons to avoid a player come draft day.

With running backs, I plan to avoid these players because of the hype surrounding them. Like Khiry Robinson (above), Christine Michael and a slew of others are being touted as the "next best thing." When everyone thinks the same thing, about the same players, their ADP rises dramtically. I'm not one for taking that risk, unless there's a very good reason to do so. I don't like to overpay for unproven talent.

With that said, let's take a look at the list:

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